5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Gun Safe

Are you a new gun owner?

If so, you may be considering some accessories you’d like to purchase to go along with your new guns. Gun oil, a cleaning kit, holsters, extra ammunition, and magazines may be the first things to come to mind. However, the most important accessory to buy for your gun is a gun safe.

Gun in hand being placed in gun safe.

Owning a gun safe is especially crucial if you live with children who may have access to a gun if it is left out in the open. Choosing a gun safe can seem like an overwhelming process. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from. Here are the questions you should ask before purchasing a gun safe to ensure you purchase the best one for your current and future needs.

What Size Gun Safe Do I Need?

Gun safes come in various sizes from a small gun safe that can hold a maximum of 7-10 guns to a larger gun safe that can hold up to a few hundred guns. Take inventory of all of your guns and then be sure to choose a size that allows you extra room. For example, if you have 7 guns and a small gun safe only holds 7 guns you may want to consider purchasing a medium sized safe instead. This will allow you to have storage space should you decide to purchase more guns down the road. You can also use the extra space to store other valuables such as jewelry and money or even gun accessories and ammunition. You will also want to consider the length and width of the gun safe. For example, if you mainly own long rifles then you will need a longer gun safe.

What Kind of Lock Does the Gun Safe Have?

Gun safes can come equipped with various forms of locks. Some have passcodes while others have dual locks with multiple relockers. Be sure that whichever gun safe you choose has an effective working lock that is not easy to hack into. Avoid purchasing a safe that has a simple lock and key as this may be easy for unauthorized persons or children to break into. Always test the lock before purchasing a gun safe to ensure it works properly and offers maximum security.

Where Will I Store My Gun Safe?

It’s a good idea to plan where you will store your gun safe before purchasing it. Make sure you have adequate storage space for it. You will want to put it somewhere that it will be safe and secured. Many gun safe owners like to mount their gun safes to the floor to ensure maximum safety and to prevent it from tipping over. You’ll also want to choose a place that is not frequented by children.

Is the Gun Safe Tested for Safety?

Never buy a gun safe that has not been tested for safety and security. Always ask about their safety guarantee and how gun safes are tested. Here at Sportsman Steel Safes our safes are tested with drills to ensure that they are drill-proof. None of our safes have ever been successfully broken into before. You should never buy a gun safe that does not come with a safety guarantee or that has not been tested prior to its sale.

Is the Gun Safe Fireproof?

No one likes to think about the possibility of having their home catch on fire. However, it always pays to be prepared for the worst. Many gun safe owners like to use their safes to store other valuables including extra money so that in the event of a fire they still have a reserve. This is why having a fire-proof gun safe is so essential. If you store your most valuable items and/or an emergency fund away in a safe that is not fire-proof, then you will have lost everything in the event of a fire. Additionally, fire-proof gun safes add an extra layer of security that can help to prevent break ins or destruction from burglars.

Choosing a proper gun safe is just as important if not more so than choosing your actual gun. When you ask yourself these five questions prior to purchasing a gun safe you’ll be sure to purchase on that will keep your guns safe and secured to the maximum extent.

One thought on “5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Gun Safe

  1. Boyd S.

    The gun safe would be essential if you leave the house and don’t bring your gun. It’s also better for your gun if you clean it first and apply gun oil when you decided to leave it to your safe for a longer time.


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